UPDATE | 12-year-old dies in fire trying to save brother

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Sunday, December 20, 2018
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WRENS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT)-- A 12-year-old was killed in a Thursday morning house fire, his family says he died trying to save his big brother.

When fire crews went into the home off US Highway 221, they found Devin Farmer lying on the ground in his brother's, Clifford Farmer III, room. The 12-year-old hero took his final breath there.

Today, it's quiet at the home except for the small river of cars passing by and the insurance company parked in the driveway coming to inspect the property. But, who can really give a damage estimate or measure a loss as heavy as this one.

"I don't know how to go on from here," mom Brenda Farmer said as she looked at her husband Clifford Farmer Jr.

Three days ago, inside the home, 12-year-old Devin heard the destruction, saw the flames then picked up the phone to call his parents. His parents, Brenda and Clifford Farmer Jr., had just left for a doctor's appointment.

"'Daddy, daddy. Mommy, mommy'. And we were just calling his name," Farmer described the phone call. Both parents were trying to talk to their son, trying to figure out what was going on, but eventually the line went dead.

His dad continued solemnly, "And that's the last we heard of him."

But his brother, who was still inside the home, heard more. Clifford Farmer III says around 8 o'clock he heard Devin.

"I heard him screaming my name and I woke up. I looked around my room, the room was yellow."

Deadly yellow and orange took over the home as Clifford Farmer III came out of his room searching for Devin. He says, "I circled around, calling his name." But, his little brother had gone searching for him too.

"I guess when I circled around, he went back upstairs looking for me."

Somehow, they missed each other and Devin was stuck inside. He did not make it out alive.

Fighting back tears, "I was supposed to look out for him at all times," big brother Clifford said. "It's going to haunt me until the day I'm old."

There is no remedy for something like this. "There's nothing we can say or do now," Mr. Farmer cried.

There is no closure for a story too painful to close. Mrs. Farmer wept, "He had so much love to give."

But in a very dark, very long tunnel, there's a small glimmer of light for this family knowing their son and brother was heroic even in his final moments.

"He was just a hero, our little hero." Mr. Farmer added, "He always looked after other people before he looked out for himself."

Devin Farmer loved to fish. The Farmers say he is in heaven fishing with God.

The family plans to create a special organization, in Devin's honor, to help children with special needs. In the meantime, they've set up a GoFundMe.   Click here to support 

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A juvenile is dead and his sibling is in ICU after a house fire Thursday.

Investigators say the home in Wrens caught fire around 9 a.m. on December 27th.

An initial investigation reveals the two boys were the only people home at the time of the fire.

The home is completely destroyed.

A preliminary investigation reveals the fire may have started from an overloaded power strip. The Fire Marshall is investigating.

Further information about this incident is pending including the official cause of death.

News 12 will continue to bring you more information as it becomes available.